The park near my place has all these Gary oak trees in it. The signs at the park call them “gnarly Gary oks” they are in an endangered ecosystem making them very rare.
Extend your camellia bloom time by adding early and late blooming varieties to your collection. The 'Alabama Beauty' Camellia, released by the Southern Living Plant Collection is one of the first camellias to flower in the fall . 'Alabama Beauty' blooms profusely in early fall giving rise to rosy-red, semi-double blooms. 'Alabama Beauty' is a larger growing camellia reaching upwards of 12-15' tall and 6-8' wide.
It’s always a treat here even when you got the cool fall weather and 30°ish nights
How amazing is this?! 🦋
This beautiful Painted Lady let me get up close while he/she was feeding.. The tube-like tongue you can see is called a proboscis. It uncoils to sip liquid food and then coils back up again into a spiral when they are not feeding. 🌼
Most butterflies prefer the nectar of flowers, but they have also feed on liquids found in rotting fruit, sap from trees and in animal dung.